Oregon Public Health InstituteLeage of Oakland Cities

The Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) develops policy and environmental initiatives focused on reducing childhood obesity and addressing social determinants of health . OPHI staff work at the local, state, and national levels to implement policy changes, to research and disseminate best practices, to provide trainings in capacity building, and to serve as an independent voice for public health policy change.

OPHI’s work addresses a broad range of issues, including developing walkways connecting municipal areas, transportation health equity , making healthy food available in local supermarkets, supporting urban agriculture and farmers’ markets in low-income communities, proposing nutrition standards, promoting breastfeeding, providing nutrition information on menus, and childcare.

OPHI has led two multi-year projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Active Living by Design (2007-2010) and Healthy Kids Healthy Communities (HKHC). Their HKHC project seeks to make healthy food and opportunities for active living available to those living in Portland’s affordable housing units. OPHI recently established a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Training Center that will provide training, mentorship, and technical assistance to organizations. OPHI is also involved in statewide activities, such as the Public Health Alignment Workgroup, Oregon Health Insurers Partnering for Prevention, Governor’s Worksite Wellness Campaign, and statewide health policy reform.

Founded in 1925, the League of Oregon Cities is a voluntary association representing of the state’s 242 cities. The League helps city governments to serve their citizens through legislative services, policy setting, intergovernmental relations, conferences and training, technical assistance, and publications. In 2012, the League will consider a resolution to partner with the Oregon Public Health Institute to mount a Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign in Oregon in order to provide education, training, and technical assistance to encourage cities to adopt policies that increase options for physical activity, healthy eating, and workplace wellness.